Dr. Allyss Haecker is our guest conductor for our performance at Illinois State University on January 30, 2018.

Dr. Haecker is currently the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Emory & Henry College (VA) where she teaches voice, conducting, vocal pedagogy, choral methods, and directs the Concert and Chamber Choirs. Dr. Haecker formerly served as the Director of Vocal Studies at Newberry College (SC) and the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan. As a recipient of the T. Anne Cleary International Research Fellowship, Dr. Haecker lived, studied, and performed throughout South Africa. Previously, she taught choral music in the Fenton Area Public Schools (MI) and was the Artistic Director of the Saginaw Youth Chorale (MI). For sixteen years, Dr. Haecker has served on the vocal and conducting faculty of the Performing Arts Institute, a summer festival for students of music, dance, and theater. Dr. Haecker received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in choral conducting at the University of Iowa, her Master’s of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois, and her Bachelor’s of Music Education degree in choral music education from Converse College (SC). Dr. Haecker is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for district, state, and regional choral festivals and is also an active soprano soloist. To hear and see recent performances by Dr. Allyss Haecker, please visit www.allysshaecker.com.

10/10/17: We are excited to announce that Durward has been invited to perform at Illinois State University in Normal, IL on January 30, 2018. We will be performing the same works we premiered back in August along with a new premiere by Laura Elise Schwendinger, composer in residence at the University of Wisconsin.

Our next performances will be on August 24, 2017 at Kirkwood Community College in Ballantyne Auditorium and August 26 at Luther Memorial Chapel on the campus of Grand View University in Des Moines. Both performances will be at 7:30 p.m. We are featuring all music by female composers and a female conductor. Newly commissioned works will be by: Martha Horst of Illinois State University, Lisa Neher, and Laura Schwartz. On the program we will also feature trio for piano, clarinet, and cello composed by the Miriam Gideon and four movements of Brushstrokes by Laura Schwedinger from the University of Wisconsin. During the month of August and particularly the week leading up to the event we will do a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Select the fundraising tab to find out more and to donate.

10/11/16 Durward Ensemble is looking forward to a few new projects. One in the spring of 2017 that will feature our strings, a newly commissioned piece by Jason Palamara, and with the addition of a few smaller chamber pieces and possibly modern solos.  Next August we will feature all women composers in collaboration with a fundraiser for breast cancer research.

9/10/16 I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the incredible musicians, composers, and guest conductor of Durward Ensemble from Thursday’s  inaugural concert at Kirkwood Community College. Also a big thank you to Kirkwood CC for providing a great venue, promotion of the event, and Joe Perea for allowing us to use all of Kirkwood’s fantastic percussion instruments for out first concert.